Globalization comes in many forms: final goods trade, international outsourcing, international capital flows, international migration of labor, international protection of intellectual property, and international technology transfer. There are many concerns associated with these fundamental changes. Critics argue that some of these patterns affect the sustainability of economic and human development in an undesired fashion. For instance, does trade liberalization increase poverty levels? Does foreign direct investment foster child labor in developing countries? Does import competition reduce earnings and raise morbidity in advanced economies? Does international migration harm developing countries by triggering brain drain? Does immigration in advanced countries lead to more crime or higher housing costs? Does it depress income of natives? What are the economic challenges from refugee migration?
The goal of the seminar is to obtain a deeper understanding of the consequences of globalization for sustainable economic and human development. We aim at a close connection between theoretical hypotheses and empirical evidence on causal relationships. Seminar participants give presentations on basis of a selection of recent literature.